Recapping the Masters

A recap of Sunday’s final round of the Masters:

Who won?

Charl Schwartzel birdied the final four holes — the first time that has been done in Masters history — to become the third South African to win the green jacket. It came 50 years after fellow South African Gary Player’s historic breakthrough in the event. He finished 14 under, two strokes better than a pair of Australians, Adam Scott and Jason Day.

What does it mean?

For the the second time since the Masters started in 1934, all four of golf’s majors are in the hands of an international player.

Spain’s Jose Maria Olazabal (Masters), South Africa’s Ernie Els (U.S. Open) and Zimbabwe’s Nick Price (British Open and PGA Championship) were the winners in 1994.

The current holders are now South Africa’s Schwartzel (Masters), Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell (U.S. Open), South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen and Germany’s Martin Kaymer (PGA Championship).

Best score(s) of the day

Schwartzel shot a 66. Can’t do much better than that on a Masters Sunday.

Worst score of the day

Rory McIlroy, who led every round, collapsed with an 80. He had a four-shot lead going into Sunday, but choked it away with a 7-5-5-5-4-6 start on the second nine that included a four-putt on No. 12. His drive on 10 went so far left it landed between two of the cabins. Furman Bisher, who has covered 63 Masters, said the only other player he could ever remember being over there was Bobby Jones.

It was a collapse that tops Greg Norman’s Masters disaster in 1996, and Jean Van de Velde’s British Open brainlock in 1999.

Hardest Hole of the Day

No. 4 was the hardest hole of the day. The golfers navigated the 240-yard par 3 in an average of 3.449 strokes. It surrendered one birdie, 21 bogeys and one double.

Easiest Hole of the Day

No. 15 was the easiest hole. The golfers navigated the 530-yard par 5 in an average of 4.490 strokes. It surrendered one eagle and 24 birdies.

Hardest Hole of the Week

No. 11 was the hardest hole of the tournament. The golfers navigated the 505-yard par 4 in an average of 4.331 strokes. It surrendered 19 birdies, 78 bogeys, 12 double bogeys and five others.

Easiest Hole of the Week

No. 13 was the easiest hole of the week. Golfers played the 510-yard par 5 in an average of 4.581 strokes. It gave up 13 eagles, 137 birdies, 24 bogeys, six doubles and one other.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

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